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Lady Eve

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
9.00 /10
Barbara Stanwyck , Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn
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Directed by: Preston Sturges
Written by: Preston Sturges from Monckton Hoffe's story The Faithful Heart

Released: 1941
Genre: CRIME
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 97


A con-woman (Barbara Stanwyck, pictured right) tries to lure a young millionaire scientist (Henry Fonda, pictured left) to his financial doom, but instead they fall in love.

Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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One of writer-director's best known (and best reviewed) comedies, this is a witty, hard-edged romance which mainly stands the test of time. Much of the comedy which arises from the central relationship is funny, and Stanwyck is irresistible; Sturges was right to insist that she be allowed to play the part, despite Paramount's preference for Madeleine Carroll or Paulette Goddard. The two things which let it down are a weakish ending, and the fact (though some critics would dispute this) that Henry Fonda is not really cut out to be a slapstick comedian; all his physical comedy routines look contrived and awkward. A classic comedy of its period, it was remade, not very well, as a musical, The Birds and the Bees (1956).

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